Microsoft announced it has acquired Cloudknox Security, a Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) provider. CloudKnox offers complete visibility into privileged access.
It helps organizations with permissions and consistently enforces least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and it employs continuous analytics to help prevent security breaches and ensure compliance.
As organizations are adapting to hybrid work models and cloud-based services, the service entities that collaborate and exchange data without permission-based settings is increasing, leaving more organizations critical systems vulnerable to attacks, as seen in Kaseya ransomware attack.
Many organizations are struggling to assess, prevent, enforce, and govern privilege access across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. This new move stresses the importance of a Zero Trust security making it easier to enforce least privileged access for users.
Microsoft says, “The acquisition of CloudKnox further enables Microsoft Azure Active Directory customers with granular visibility, continuous monitoring and automated remediation for hybrid and multi-cloud permissions. We are committed to providing our customers with unified privileged access management, identity governance and entitlement management including:
- Automated and simplified access policy enforcement in one integrated multi-cloud platform for all human and workload identities.
- The widest breadth of signal-enabling, high-precision machine learning-based anomaly detections.
- Seamless integration with other Microsoft cloud security services, including Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender and Azure Sentinel.”
Microsoft’s acquisition of CloudKnox comes on the heels of acquiring RiskIQ and ReFirm Labs. This is one measure that the company is vamping up the strongest defenses for its customers for the future of hybrid work.